For the Mandala flower, here is a step-by-step photo gallery. To do this you start at step 1 with 7 strings attached and 6 with Einhängeschlingen on 7 folded thread. Other threads are then inserted by most of us with an ordinary shoelace knot.
I love the idea of an evergreen tattoo as a symbol of something that remains strong throughout every season, it could represent faithfulness. >> combine this with Roman numeral dates for a wedding date